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Day 1: Arrival Iguazu Falls, Brazil
Upon arrival in Iguazu Falls, you are met and transferred to our hotel. Tonight, our group meets for dinner and orientation. Overnight in Iguazu Falls.
Day 2: Iguazu Falls - Argentine side
Iguazu Falls is a UNESCO Natural Heritage site and is best witnessed from both sides of the river gorge. Today, we travel to Argentina where we view the falls from an up-close (and damp) perspective. Well-maintained walking trails take us above and below the falls for unforgettable views. Walk along raised platforms that take you through the rainforest amid the cooling spray of the falls. Overnight at Iguazu Falls.
Day 3: Iguazu Falls - Brazilian side, fly to Sao Paulo
Today, we take in the panoramic view from the Brazilian side. Walk along a gently sloping trail that provides a wide perspective of the falls. The trail leads you to an incredible platform that places you amidst the most thunderous cascades at Iguazu. In the afternoon, we fly to Sao Paulo. Overnight in Sao Paulo.
Day 4: Sao Paulo - Cultural Capital of Brazil
After breakfast we wiil explore the cultural capital of Brazil, Sao Paulo. We will walk down famous Paulista Avenue, see the old financial centre of the city and the municipal market.
Day 5: Sao Paulo - Bonito
We will take a morning flight to Campo Grande, the entrance to the Pantanal region. Upon arrival, we will drive to Bonito, an oasis in the middle of Brazil. With its blue water lagoons, beautiful waterfalls, colorful fish and fascinating caves, Bonito is a place to snorkel, explore and learn how and why the water is so blue.
Day 6: Rio da Prata Ecological Refuge
We have an early morning drive to Rio da Prata Ecological Refuge were we will spend the day exploring. We start by snorkeling down the Olho D'Ãgua river's transparent blue waters to the Prata river and then a short trail hiking in the impressive primary forest.
Day 7: Blue Lagoon Gratto, Estancia Mimosa - Pousada Aguape, Pantanal
Another early morning as we travel to Gruta do Lago Azul, the Blue Lagoon Grotto. Three hundred meters down from the cave's entrance you arrive at a deep blue water lake of which expert divers have never reached the bottom. No one knows for sure where this water comes from, as the rivers in the region have a greenish color. People believe there is a subterranean river feeding the lake. The sun rays on the water create a spectacle of rare beauty.
Day 8: Pantanal - Boat ride on the Corricho, night safari
We enjoy a morning boat ride through the Corricho, a river with hundreds of alligators where we have a chance to fish for the carnivorous Piranha. Piranha fishing is practiced in a bay of the Aquidauana River, which is close to the lodge. Piranhas are mainly used to prepare a typical dish of the region - piranha soup. It is also a good way to see the caimans which watch the fishermen so they can steal their catch of the day.
Day 9: Pantanal - Photo Safari
In the morning we will journey on a photo safari in a 4x4 open vehicle. This tour gives us the opportunity to cover more territory of the farm going through different landscapes like cerrado (patches of stunted vegetation), open grasslands, vazantesâ (low-lying areas that are often seasonally flooded), brejosâ (swamps) and bays which are permanently flooded areas. It is also a perfect tour to see and observe the wild life of the Pantanal, to appreciate the immense variety of birds, mammals and reptiles that live in the area. It is possible to see alligators, the capybara, toucans, the giant Anaconda and much more. Overnight in Pousada Aguape, Pantanal.
Day 10: Pantanal; to Brasilia
We say good bye to the creatures of the Pantanal and drive to Campo Grande where we will catch our afternoon flight to the unique capital city of Brasilia. Overnight in Brasilia.
Day 11: Exploring Brasilia
Today, we have a full day exploring this historical city. The Brazilian capital is the only city in the world, built in the 20th century. It has been awarded the status of Historical and Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO . There are plenty of reasons for such renown: this young city, inaugurated in 1960, surprises even the most experienced travelers. Brasilia is the result of a modern urban project designed by Lucio Costa. When seen from above, the city's pilot plan resembles the shape of an airplane. Many prefer to refer to it as a bird with open wings, although the architect's original urban concept pointed to the shape of a cross, to symbolize possession. The city's project is, up to this day, a world reference when the issue is urban planning. Overnight in Brasilia.
Day 12: Brasilia to Salvador da Bahia
We take an afternoon flight to Salvador da Bahia de Todos os Santos, in English: "City of the Holy Saviour of the Bay of all Saints. Tonight we will take a little walk to explore some of Salvador's charm and history before dinner. Overnight in Salvador.
Day 13: Walking tour of Salvador
We start today with one of the main sights of the city, Pelourinho. Situated in the historical center, Pelourinho is an important colonial place which is a member of UNESCO and a symbol of the black movement in Bahia. The Pelourinho is home to important churches, museums, Brazilian artists' studios, galleries, shops and restaurants. The focus is particularly on the Largo do Pelourinho, Santo Antonio Alm do Carmo, Elevador Lacerda and Mercado Modelo. Pelourinho's main attractions include: Jorge Amado's House, Olodum's House, So Francisco and Cathedral Church, Cravinho Bar. We will stop to visit the Goya Lopes and Pierre Verger galleries.
Day 14: Salvador to Manaus
Today, we fly to Manaus, the capital of the state of Amazonas and the entry point to the Amazon. Overnight in Manaus.
Day 15: Manaus, start of Amazon River Safari
In the morning, we explore Manaus, a city built deep in the Amazon basin by 19th century rubber barons. Visit the river market, Indian Museum and the famed Opera House surrounded by Parisian avenues, Italian piazzas and splendid fountains. It was here that Caruso sang and Isadora Duncan danced.
Day 16: Amazon River Safari - Anavilhanas Archipelago
We wake up in the Janauaca Lake and start our early exploration of the waking forest by canoe. We will keep our eyes open for birds and keep an eye for Pink River Dolphins. We return for breakfast followed by a walk in the forest and a visit to the inhabitants of the lake who live on manioc plantations, fishing, diverse fruit trees, rubber, Brazil-nut trees, wood and other extractive products.
Day 17: Return to Manaus; fly to Rio de Janeiro
We search for birds and animals one last time as there is a good chance to see the Victoria Regia, the giant water lilies. We travel to the 'meeting of the waters'. The boat cruises down the Negro River navigating along the shore of the City of Manaus, allowing passengers to view the Amazonas Theater, the Port of Manaus and a chance to see real life of the locals with their stilt houses. It is a spectacular merge of the Negro and Solimes Rivers.
Day 18: Rio - One of the World's Most Beautiful Cities
After breakfast we explore the city which includes a visit to the most important sites of Brazilian History in Rio, including the National Library, Tiradentes Palace, The Portuguese Royal Lecture Room, the Pao Imperial and the panoramic view of the colonial buildings that remains at Uruguaiana Street.
Day 19: Rio de Janeiro - Corcovado, Tijuca Forest
One of the world's most beautiful cities, Rio sits on the coast against a backdrop of mountains. Its historic buildings, massive squares, beaches, nightlife, and pleasant climate make Rio a perfect place to wind down from our eventful journey.
Day 20: Rio de Janeiro departure
Our adventure concludes with a transfer to the airport for your journey home.
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